If you read my All About Armatures post, you might remember I make it a priority to try to include recyclable objects into my armatures that would otherwise go into the recycling bin. This Dory project is no exception.
- I start with a jar lid and some aluminum foil which I wrap with a thin layer of Paperclay. I allow this to harden overnight before roughing in my details.
- Next, I add fresh Paperclay to the dried form. By working in wet layers over dry layers, I experience less cracking than I would if I worked the full sculpture in wet clay.
- I continue refining the piece by building up details with wet clay over dry clay until I get a nearly smooth piece.
- To smooth imperfections, I add a layer of Paperclay slurry.
- Once the piece has dried completely, I sand the base piece and prepare the fins.
- I attach the fins by building up wet Paperclay between the dry pieces. I'll sand these areas back once the piece is dry.
- Sand, gesso, paint, and varnish, and you're done!
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